First aid tips that can save your pets
Any pet owner can tell you that accidents can, and do happen. It may happen unexpectedly at home or when you are on a weekend away with your four-legged friend. We will usually have a first aid kit handy for friends and family, but what about for our pets?
Your pet may step on a sharp object, twist an ankle or suffer a bite or sting. A well-stocked, pet friendly, first aid kit on standby will help you deal with an emergency if the need should ever arise.
The kit should be clearly labeled, easily carried and all members of the family should know where it is.
Items to have in your pet first aid kit should include:
- The phone number of your veterinarian and closest after hours emergency veterinary hospital (also stick a copy on your fridge for easy reference)
- Photocopies of your pet’s medical records and a copy of their microchip paperwork
- A supply of any medication they may be taking (ensure these are rotated so they are always in date and effective)
- A muzzle that will fit your dog – injured or frightened pets may become aggressive
- Blunt-ended scissors
- Bandages (have a few different widths, ask your vet to help source products designed for pets)
- Gauze rolls and pads
- Adhesive tape
- Sterile eye wash and eye lubricant
- Saline to wash out any wounds
- Sterile water-based lubricant – helps to keep fur away from the wound
- An old towel or blanket (can be used as a compress, as a wrap to prevent movement or scratching, used as a stretcher or to keep the pet warm and prevent shock.)
It may also be a good idea to have an additional kit in your car for when you are out on the road.
Keep in mind however, being prepared is a great idea but you should always seek the advice of your vet if your pet is injured or is suffering from an illness.